Just a reminder that WorkSafe Victoria ( Victorian WorkCover Authority) has stated that as of 1 March 2015, the new certificate of capacity will be mandatory if injured workers are to receive their weekly payments when off work.
As we have previously posted, as of 1 July 2014, new WorkCover Victoria legislation (the WIRC Act) will regulate the entitlements of Victorians injured at work to compensation and ‘assistance’.
Understandably, when a worker is injured (or sick) and when their condition is affecting their ability or capacity to work, they must provide their employer (and workcover) with a “certificate of capacity” from their treating doctor or care provider, such as a physiotherapist, every 28 days (unless special permission given by their insurer to provide 3 monthly certificates). However, what is really important is that these certificates are carefully worded, so that injured workers who do have a work capacity and are able to undertake “suitable duties” are actually protected from (further) harm in the workplace.
On 1 October there were some important changes to workers compensation in NSW that will affect medical practitioners and their patients as a result of recent reforms to the Workers Compensation Scheme.The new certificate of capacity focuses on what your patient can do rather than what they can’t do…. that’s right, folks, read between the lines and brace yourselves!
New certificate of capacity in NSW
New certificate of capacity – Doctors call 1800 661 111 to find out more
The reforms, passed by the NSW Parliament in June, focus on helping injured workers return to work and maximising work capacity.
As with the medical certificate, the nominated treating doctor or treating specialist medical practitioner is responsible for completing the certificate of capacity.
The new certificate of capacity will be the main way for nominated treating doctors to communicate with all parties involved in the return to work process.
…that’s right, read between the lines folks!!!!
Medical practitioners are required to use the new certificate of capacity instead of the WorkCover medical certificate for all patients with a workers compensation claim. The old medical certificate is no longer available from WorkCover.
There will be a grace period of six months to allow you to make the adjustment, during which time the insurers will continue to accept the old medical certificate.
You can download the new interactive version of the certificate from WorkCover’s website by simply typing WC01300 into the onsite search. WorkCover is working with the main providers of medical practice management systems to incorporate the certificate into their software.
By November 2012 you will also be able to order printed pads of the certificates from WorkCover.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Doctor’s helpline on 1800 661 111.
The new certificate of capacity
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